2022 NFL playoff odds, picks, line, spread: Buccaneers vs. Rams predictions, bets by expert who's 33-18

2022 NFL playoff odds, picks, line, spread: Buccaneers vs. Rams predictions, bets by expert who's 33-18
2022 NFL playoff odds, picks, line, spread: Buccaneers vs. Rams predictions, bets by expert who's 33-18

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will search for revenge when they take on the Los Angeles Rams in the 2022 NFL playoffs on Sunday afternoon. The Rams (13-5) defeated the Buccaneers (14-4) 34-24 in a Week 3 matchup in Los Angeles. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford registered four TD passes in the game despite the Buccaneers outgaining Los Angeles, 446-407, in total yards. Penalties proved to be one of the differences, as Tampa Bay was flagged seven times for 41 yards, while Los Angeles had one penalty for four yards.

Kickoff from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., is set for 3 p.m. ET. Tampa Bay is a three-point favorite in the latest Rams vs. Buccaneers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 48. Before you make any Rams vs. Buccaneers bets or NFL playoff predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine NFL expert R.J. White has to say.

White, a CBS Sports fantasy and gambling editor, ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It's no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world's most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.

In addition, White is 33-18-4 on his last 55 against-the-spread picks involving the Buccaneers. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, White has zoned in on Rams vs. Buccaneers, and just locked in his NFL playoff picks and Divisional Round predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his White's picks. Here are several NFL odds for Rams vs. Buccaneers:

Buccaneers vs. Rams spread: Tampa Bay -3 Buccaneers vs. Rams over-under: 48 points  Buccaneers vs. Rams money line: Los Angeles +125, Tampa Bay -145 LAR: Rams are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games against NFC opponents TB: Buccaneers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games as home favorites

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Why the Buccaneers can cover

Tight end Rob Gronkowski has made a habit of coming up big when his team needs him the most. He has 15 receiving touchdowns in 21 career playoff games, second-most in postseason history. Last week against Philadelphia, Gronkowski caught five passes for 31 yards and one touchdown. He also converted two first downs. In 12 regular-season games, Gronkowski caught 55 passes for 802 yards (14.6 average) and six touchdowns.

Defensively, linebacker Lavonte David has four pass breakups in his past five playoff games and is one of two players with 85 or more tackles in each of the past 10 seasons. In 12 regular-season games this year, David made 97 tackles, including 63 solo, with two sacks and five tackles for loss. He broke up three passes, forced two fumbles and recovered one. He registered two tackles in last week's win over the Eagles.

Why the Rams can cover 

Despite that, Tampa Bay is not a lock to cover the Rams vs. Buccaneers spread. That's because Los Angeles also has an elite quarterback in Matthew Stafford. He was second in the NFL in touchdown passes (41), third in passing yards (4,886) and sixth in rating (102.9). He is one of six quarterbacks all-time with two or more seasons with 4,000 or more passing yards and 40 or more TD passes.

Stafford's top target is wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who led the NFL with 145 receptions, 1,947 receiving yards and 16 receiving touchdowns this past season. He had the second-most catches and second-most receiving yards in a single season in league history. He also became the third player with 11 100-yard games in a season all-time. In the Wild Card win over Arizona, he caught five

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